Saturday, May 18, 2013

A Necessary Evil

A Necessary Evil
by Alex Kava

This is book five in the Maggie O'Dell series by Nebraska author Alex Kava (pen name for Sharon Kava), and is a sequel to book one "A Perfect Evil". One doesn't have to have read the first book, or any of the others in between, to enjoy this title. Enough backstory is provided to bring the reader up-to-speed, but I found the story interesting enough to go back to book one to read its origins. FBI profiler, Maggie O'Dell is on the trail of two separate killers. One is leaving the decapitated heads of his victims all over Washington, DC and the other is murdering priests in a ritualistic manner in public locations all across the U.S. O'Dell has few leads when she receives an offer of assistance from a most unlikely source – her prime suspect in book one. The chapters alternate between Maggie and the Omaha police detective who is investigating the murder of a Catholic Monsignor in a men's room at Eppley Airfield in Omaha. She is brought in to provide a profile of the murderer and runs into a former love-interest from "Perfect Evil" who also has a personal interest in the Omaha murder. The man who was the suspect in book one is a sympathetic character and you're torn between understanding his background versus what he's suspected of doing, and it's not clear until near the end if he's a victim or a monster. A satisfying twist awaits you at the end. -- recommended by Charlotte K. - Bennett Martin Public Library

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